Tons Of Underclass Recruiting News

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By Roy & Harv Schmidt

Although it is getting down to nitty gritty time with respect to players in the class of 2008 taking official visits and reaching decisions regarding their recruitment, things have also started to heat up in the 2009 class.

We begin with Steve Walker, the 6'6 junior forward from Simeon High School in Chicago, who verbally committed today to Northern Illinois University. The Huskies offered Walker upon the conclusion of their team camp in June and Walker had made it clear how much he wanted to attend NIU.

Walker's commitment is also a credit to Huskie assistant coach Dennis Gates, who during his short tenure in DeKalb is already proving that he is going to be a recruiting force in the Chicago area, particularly when it comes to recruiting the Chicago Public League.

Walker transferred to Simeon from Thornwood High School in South Holland, IL at the conclusion of this past season and competes on the AAU circuit with the Illinois Bobcats.

Staying on the subject of the class of 2009, 6'3 Brandon Paul from Warren Township High School in Gurnee, IL also received some big news today, as he was offered a scholarship today by the University of Illinois. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye was the first to indicate that Illini head coach Bruce Weber would be offering additional guards in the class of 2009 after offering 6'2 junior guard Chris Colvin over the weekend. Sure enough, this has proven to be the case. Paul also has offers from Loyola-Chicago and Wisconsin-Green Bay and is receiving heavy interest from other schools such as Southern Illinois, Purdue, Iowa, Xavier and USC among others.

Finally, 6'5 Nik Garcia from Niles West High School in Skokie, IL is continuing to take unofficial visits, with his next one scheduled to be the University of Michigan on September 1. From there Garcia will visit Southern Illinois (who has already offered) on September 8 and is also looking to schedule a visit with the University of Maryland, although the date still has yet to be finalized. Maryland has showed increased interest in Garcia as of late.

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Their is alot of underclass talent in the class of 2010 as well. In my opinion, this is now the best class out of the 4. With Jereme Richmond, Anthony Johnson, Crandall Head, Brandon Spearman, Reggie Smith, Ahmad Starks, Alex Rossi, and others, this will be a class to remember. Also, a new player by the name of Darren Tillman is moving up fast in national recruiting services now. He has improved his game alot. He is a sophomore at Hillcrest High School. I saw him as well as Johnson, Spearman, and Rossi play at 15U AAU Nationals, 15U State Qualifier, and the Windy City Classic with Orange Crush. He played great in all of those tournaments that I saw him at. He didn't play his best at the Windy City but definetely the other tourneys. He also participated with Hillcrest's Varsity Squad this past summer and played well. According to Hillcrest's new varsity coach Don Houston, he will be playing varsity this season. He also says that Darren has recieved alot of interest from Dayton, Loyola, North Dakota State, Ball State, Northwestern, and Illinois State. I also saw Reggie Smith of Thornton play in Vegas and he turned alot of heads as well. He was voted the top pg on the 15U level in Vegas. stayed tuned to because we will be releasing a new list of 2010, 2009, and 2011 national rankings probably in October.

I also watched Darren Tillman play football, he's a beast at outside linebacker. Caught winning touchdown versus Thorton with 20 seconds left in a tied game. Had 8 solo tackles.

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